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Bintou Sambou: “marriage is a shelter against poverty”
Bintou Sambou is a 45-year-old widow. She lives at her father's compound in Bignona, Casamance province, Senegal, together with her four children. Bintou
Safiétou Goudiaby: “the land dries up”
Safiétou Goudiaby, who is about 70, lives in Kagnarou, Casamance province in Senegal. She is still farming, as she has done all her life, growing mainly
Vietnam’s rice production threatened by climate change
Vietnam’s is the world's second largest exporter of rice and 80 percent of it is grown in the Mekong Delta, a vast flood plain and one of Asia's most fertile. However, the future of rice production is threatened because of rising sea levels and temperature increases attributed to climate change.
Background to the Senegal interviews
Location The narrators come from different villages in Senegal's southern province of Casamance. Some 40 kilometres from the coast, these villages are
Background to the Pakistan interviews
Location All of the narrators in Pakistan come from Akhoon Bandi village, Haripur district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North West Frontier
Background to the Madagascar interviews
Location All of the narrators in Madagascar come from Tanandava, a collection of small villages in the Faux Cap area of the Androy region. This remote
Ibrahiem Abo Zeid: interview transcript
Ibrahiem Abo Zeid lives in Dondeed, Dakahlia province, Egypt. He was aged 55 when he was interviewed on 24 November and 1 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty
Zhang Guobao: interview transcript
Zhang Guobao is a farmer living in Donghao village, Qinglong Man autonomous county, Hebei province, China. He was aged 43 at the time he was interviewed
Li Guimin: interview transcript
Li Guimin is a farmer and businesswoman living in Donghao village, Qinglong Man autonomous county, Hebei province, China. She was aged 50 when she was
On World Food Day, exploring Africa’s agricultural potential interactively
15 OCTOBER 2015 – IFAD and the agricultural coalition have launched a new interactive infographic in the run-up to World Food Day, 16 October. The launch
Investing in sustainable development in small island states
18 August 2014 – The will be held from 1-4 September in Apia, Samoa, raising global awareness about the drive for sustainable development in a group of
Ethiopia's youth making their mark in agriculture
4 November 2014 – Until now, farming has not been an obvious choice for Ethiopia's youth. Barriers to owning land and other assets have fuelled the steady migration of young people to urban centres.
Bhutan farmers’ groups find sustainable markets by catering to local schools and institutions
The IFAD-supported instead is providing new and sustainable markets in rural Bhutan. The project is already helping to increase farmers' income while contributing
IFAD adopts comprehensive policy on gender equality – a key to rural development
ROME, Italy, 4 April 2012 – In rural households throughout the developing world, women and girls work hard each day to protect their families' basic rights
Kenya's farm makeover show, Shamba Shape-Up, offers practical advice to smallholders
7 MAY 2014 – With the fourth and latest series of Shamba Shape-Up – Kenya's most watched agriculture TV show – well under way, IFAD staff have been talking to smallholder farmers about a range of practical issues, from cow care and livestock resilience to climate-change adaption.
Family farmers grow fruit and vegetables thanks to irrigation schemes in Rwanda
Popularly known as ‘the land of a thousand hills' – U Rwanda rw'imisozi igihumbi – Rwanda has a beautiful landscape made up of endless undulating hills and valleys stretching as far as the eye can see.
Successful IFAD-supported project helps influence national policy in The Gambia
The Gambia is taking steady steps towards prosperity by scaling up proven land and water management practices across the country and developing national policies to back these efforts.
Background to the Senegal interviews
Reaching the poorest through household mentoring
The poorest of the rural poor are always difficult to target, for both IFAD and governments. Often illiterate and isolated, they have such great needs that reaching them on a significant scale remains a challenge.
Agro processing facilities at farmers' doorstep has improved incomes
The Community Agriculture Infrastructure Improvement Programme (CAIIP) is an US$81.9 million programme, co-financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the African Development Bank. It is implemented in 35 Districts in Central and Eastern Uganda.
Living up to the challenge of creating market linkages in Mozambique
Trying to create a profitable agricultural market where smallholder farmers were previously involved in subsistence farming is a very difficult task and sometimes an uphill struggle.
Participatory process for road selection becomes a best practice in Mozambique
In rural Mozambique many smallholder farmers are prevented from selling their products to the market because of a lack of good access roads in remote rural areas.
Promoting micro-finance services for the youth
Successfully involving youth in agriculture can be a serious challenge, especially when young people living in remote rural areas are disempowered because of lack of assets and limited economic prospects.
Stimulating development through a poverty alleviation fund
The Northern Mindanao Community Initiatives and Resource Management Project helped develop the abilities of poor rural communities to play an active role in their own economic and social development. One way the project achieved this was by setting up a poverty alleviation fund in selected municipalities.
Mozambique: Helping fishing communities help themselves
Small-scale fishing communities in Mozambique struggle to eke out a living in remote areas with depleting resources. An IFAD-supported project has helped build artisanal fishers' capacity to improve their livelihoods while reducing pressure on resources, and to link with higher authorities to ensure that their concerns are voiced at the ministerial level.
In Niger, IFAD and partners achieve results against the odds
In many ways, Niger is a country on the edge. Geographically, its productive farmland is confined to a narrow, semi-arid band across the south. Politically, it remains stable in the wake of peaceful elections held last year, but crises in neighbouring Libya, Mali and northern Nigeria have driven thousands of refugees across its borders. Socially and economically, its human development indicators are low, and it is among the poorest nations in the world.
Beyond the Arab Awakening: Research panel links food security and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa
As popular discontent swept across much of the Arab world over the past year, some observers were puzzled. “How is it,” asked the World Bank’s World Development Report 2011, “that countries in the Middle East and North Africa could face explosions of popular grievances despite, in some cases, sustained high growth and improvement in social indicators?”
Burundi back on its feet: rebuilding after conflict
"When the massacres began in 1993 we were forced to take sides, seeking protection with either the government or the rebels", says Jean-Claude Sindayihebura, who is from Burambi in Bururi province.
Equity investment in rural Armenia: A business model with a development impact
When is an equity investment fund more than just a money machine? When it focuses on development rather than quick riches. That's exactly what a unique IFAD project has been doing in Armenia since 2009, with investments in the country's food-processing sector designed to expand markets and improve the economic prospects of smallholder farmers. Known as the Fund for Rural Economic Development in Armenia (FREDA), the initiative combines elements of both development assistance and banking.
A Tanzanian Mother Teresa is born: Pauline Samata, the "bamboo saint"
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) estimates that approximately 1.5 billion people depend in some way or another on bamboo and rattan.